It’s a “Lucy Boston Lovefest” at Yankee Cloth

Recently, our own Pati and Regina took to the road, including a visit to Yankee Cloth in Wallingford, CT, where they treated attendees to wonderful presentation!  They had the crowd entranced as they shared tips for creating Lucy Boston style quilts and other English paper piecing techniques. It begins with novelty stripes like HISTORICAL STRIPES by Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts and ends in a surprising variety of looks, dpending on how you cut the fabric motifs.  Of course, Pati also incorporated her favorite supplies from Paper Pieces to simplify the intricate-looking process.

Lucy Boston event Marcus FabricsShown standing are (l. to r.) Linda, Nancy, Pati and Regina.  The happy quilters all received a mink kit to create their own block, and we’ve already started to collect photos of them, so stay tuned as the Lucy Boston Lovefest continues…

Recreate Pam Buda’s “Love Worn” Quilt

Don’t you love to hear what inspired a designer to create a particular quilt?  Using her own ANTIQUE COTTON collection, Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts has designed this gorgeous quilt, “Love Worn”, and in her recent blog post she not only gives you some of the creative backstory, but you can even pre-order the kit for a limited time – visit her blog for special offer details…Pam Buda - Love Worn Quilt

Nancy’s New Pattern Name Is…

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So many great submissions came in, and though it was a tough choice for Nancy, “OAK HILL” took the prize!  It was submitted by Tara Wilson of Fairmont, WV. Congratulations to Tara, who is sure to enjoy her prize Georgetown fabrics & Oak Hill pattern!

NancyPhotoThanks to everyone who participated…as always, we love your enthusiasm!  Look for the GEORGETOWN collection by Judie Rothermel in quilt shops beginning October 2015. Order Nancy’s new pattern, Oak Hill, on her website or ask for it at your favorite local quilt shop.

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Pam Buda’s Sharing Her Scraps!

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This just in!!  Pam Buda ScrapsDon’t miss your chance to win some great fabrics scraps, direct from Pam’s studio to yours!  All you have to do is comment on her blog post by Friday for more than one chance to win  ; )  Enjoy!   — lisa

As always, please feel free to comment below, too, but we’re just passing on the good news…TO WIN THE FABRIC, you must comment on Pam’s blog!!

Nancy’s Newest Needs a Name!

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If you have a talent for naming things, then this is the contest for you!  Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs is enlisting your help, quilting friends, to come up with a name for this gorgeous new quilt pattern.  It features the new GEORGETOWN collection by Judie Rothermel, and Nancy’s signature appliqué.  It’s easy to enter:

  1. SUBSCRIBE to the Marcus Mentions blog posts if you haven’t already, using the signup box at right (scroll down if needed)
  2. COMMENT to this post below with your name suggestions by Thursday, August 13, 2015. Yes, you may include more than one name in a single comment.  You can also enter on Nancy’s blog.

If Nancy chooses your name for her new pattern, you’ll be rewarded with a FQ bundle and pattern combo. To give you the proper inspiration, Nancy sent along these pics of the quilt in progress.  Enjoy the sneak-peek, and Good Luck!  Remember, only blog subscribers with comments posted by August 13 will be eligible to win.  And if your name isn’t chosen, you can always order the pattern online  ; )

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Stitch Up Sarah’s Giant, Cozy Constellation Blocks!

If you’re one of those quilters who can’t wait for fall, here’s a great project to set your quilting season in motion:  Cozy Constellation by Sarah Maxwell is featured in the September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.   She chose a mix of PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: Harvest II fabrics. The four blocks, each 36” square, are sure to go together fast.  Plus, a kit is available!  Quilt instructions and kit ordering details are in the magazine.

In Quilt Shops Now…

Congratulations to Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts on this gorgeous Fall 2015 Quilts and More magazine cover!! It shows off her TREENWARE & BERRIES collection, as interpreted by designers in the Scrap Lab Designer Challenge.  We love the versatility of her prints far beyond the quilt!

Instructions for the handbag and runner are included in the issue, and the fabrics are available at your local quilt shop!

Bag:Sherri K. Falls of This & That Pattern Company

Runner: Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts

So, Who Won the “Christmas In July” Goodies??

We really enjoyed all of your holiday project ideas and comments – it seems like table runners and toppers, and small gifts lead the list of seasonal sewing projects this year.  It HolidayBloomsGiveawayCOMPlooks like Sandy Allen of St. Louis, MO will have a nice head start on her projects, as the winner of the HOLIDAY BLOOMS & eBook giveaway!

Maybe she’ll use her 24” panel with light metallic touches and coordinates as a table topper – it’s designed to be a quick project just as it is – just add a border and backing — or embellish it with fringe, braid, or even some custom embroidery in the light ground areas of the panel.  Faye Burgos also designed the poinsettias to be multi-directional, for equal visual appeal from any position at the table.

ChristmasApronPatiPati even suggested (and semi-modeled) the panel as a beautiful apron – just gather, finish the edges and add two ties in a coordinating print to tackle those holiday baking marathons in style!  Hmm….with so many gifts and decorative items to make, versatility is key…

Thanks to our friends at Martingale for another great giveaway, congratulations to our winner, and Happy Holiday Stitching to All!!  — Now, get to work  ; )    — lisa

Fourth of July “Subscribers-Only” Giveaway

Fourth of July "subscribers only" giveawayOur next giveaway has just two requirements:  (1) subscribe to the Marcus Mentions blog, and (2) leave a comment below on what creative projects you’re working on this summer (patriotic or not!) for a chance to win this PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS Country Squire fat quarter bundle!  Sorry, the vintage tin sewing machine is NOT a part of the prize – Pati would kill me if I gave it away…it’s really cute!!)  But you’ll still love the fabrics.

Remember, only blog subscribers as of July Friday, July 10 are eligible to win!  The signup box is to the right.  Already subscribed? Just leave your comment below.   And enjoy some creative leisure time, whether you’re celebrating the 4th of July, or Canada Day or no holiday at all ; )

Time to Pick the Winner!!

CollGallCOMPThanks to all who shared their love for COLLECTORS’ GALLERY last week.  Without further delay, the winner of our BLUE fabric bundle and a printed copy of “Red, White and Sometimes Blue” book from Martingale is:

SANDRA CHAVEZ —  Congratulatulations, Sandra!  Not surprisingly, most of your 300+ comments shared Sandra’s sentiment:  “Beautiful pure colors make this fabric look exquisite. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.”

And thanks again to Martingale for partnering with us on this exciting giveaway!